Money matters in Cuba made easy
How much cash to take to Cuba?
Planning expenses for your Cuba Explorer tour
Major expenses on your small group tour are prepaid: accommodations, transportation, day excursions, and most meals. You will need funds for tipping, optional evening entertainment, extra libations, souvenirs, and meals not included in your tour package.
Costs in Cuba are similar to the US. Better to bring more money than you think you’ll need so you don’t get caught short of funds. We recommend a minimum of $ 100 per day. However, if you run out of cash, our Havana office will help you.
Stretch your spending power. Changing US dollars into CUCs carries a 10% conversion fee, in addition to a 3% exchange fee. There is no conversion fee for Euros or Canadian dollars. Smart travelers take advantage of this savings.
Money safety tips while visiting Cuba
- Change your cash into CUC at the airport on arrival or at your hotel. Your passport is necessary to exchange money. Never exchange money with Cubans on the street.
- You don’t have to exchange all of your cash upon arrival. You can convert half at the start of your tour, and more later as needed.
- Don’t take Cuban money home! It is strictly prohibited. Remember to change CUCs back into US dollars at before passing through airport immigration.
- You must keep extra cash, identification, and other valuables in your hotel room lock box.
- Only leave your hotel with the amount of money you plan to spend, plus a photocopy of your passport. Leave your passport, valuables, and extra funds in your hotel lockbox.
- Ostentatious displays of jewelry, cameras, and spending will attract pickpockets. Don’t let purses, phones, and valuables dangle.